Noted for a virtuosic, hard swinging piano style, Colianni’s resume includes long term stints and collaborations with many jazz and pop music giants, including Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Les Paul, and Larry Coryell.
Now Colianni shares his gifts as a composer, arranger, and band leader with us with the introduction of the John Colianni Jazz Orchestra.
The John Colianni Jazz Orchestra works with an approach that seeks to build on and extend the sounds of big band jazz, with originality and innovation.
"He is the essence of a swinging pianist …
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Acoustic modernist, absorbing the pianism of Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson.”
Consummate piano virtuoso..truly individual voice..unerring sense of sophisticated swing."
– JAZZ TIMES
"Impeccably disciplined, a limitless cauldron full of ideas, eye-opening intensity, effortless swing - Tatumesque."
– TORONTO STAR
"Tremendous piano jazz … a phenomenal show stopper … technical skill, warmth, application and understanding."
– JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, LONDON
NEW RELEASE - The John Colianni Quintet, "After Hours"
THE JOHN COLIANNI PIANO METHOD
FEATURED IN THE THE 2013 "KEYBOARD ISSUE" OF DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE.
VOLUME ONE: MAXIMIZING KEYBOARD TECHNIQUE WITH THE MATTHAY EXERCISES
VOLUME TWO: IMPROVISING AT THE PIANO
TO FIND OUT MORE, AND ORDER: GO!
John joined the Les Paul Trio in 2003, John performed regularly with Les in NYC and on the road for over 6 years. Since Les's passing in 2009, John has appeared (with the remaining Trio members) in tribute performances, which include frequent guest appearances by performers like Stanley Jordan, Mike Stern, Jose Feliciano, Larry Coryell, Steve Miller, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Duke Robillard, Jimmy Buffet, Todd Rundgren, Jane Monheit, Bernie Williams (the ex-Yankee), Albert Lee, Blondie Chaplin, Janis Siegel, and Larry Carlton, among others.
Read more about John’s earlier career and performances with such greats as Mel Torme and Lionel Hampton on the “About” page…
The John Colianni Quintet's current CD release, "After Hours“, is produced and distributed by Patuxent Records (Rockville, Md.), and is JC's fourth appearance for this label.
"On Target", by The John Colianni Quintet
“Johnny Chops”, by The John Colianni Quintet
"Montgomery", with the Larry Coryell Trio
Meet Tira! Tira, a fabulous performer, is a world-class Jazz vocalist, and she and John have appeared and toured together to great acclaim. Click on this link for more: TIRA!